GORHAM, Maine – The Wesleyan University women's cross country team took home ninth-place honors out of 56 schools at the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship on Saturday, as the Cardinals' one-two punch of freshman Becky Lopez-Anido and junior Julia Mitchell shined on the big stage, finishing 37th and 40th, respectively, out of 393 runners in Gorham, Maine.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT took home first-place accolades with a team score of 58, clearing second-place Tufts by 34 points. Kaitlyn Mooney of Coast Guard won individual-champion honors, clocking a time of 20:22.6 on the 6-kilometer course.
- Wesleyan finished with a mark of 288, and the squad moved up one slot from its 10th-place performance at the regional championship in 2016.
- Lopez-Anido, who has led the Cardinals in four consecutive meets, posted a time of 22:17.4. The outstanding rookie has leaped into the top-11 overall three times this fall, and also powered Wesleyan to a seventh-place finish at the NESCAC Championship with a 24th-place nod on the individual side.
- Mitchell continued her outstanding junior campaign, as she moved up 21 slots compared to her 2016 performance at the regional event, recording a time of 22:22.1 The Bellevue, Wash. native claimed first-place acknowledgement at the season-opening Wesleyan Invitational.
- Sophomore Sara Pinsonault placed 117th overall at the 2016 New England Championship, but this year her determination and hard work paid off, as she was the 51st runner to finish the race and Wesleyan's third-place scorer with a time of 22:30.7.
- Sophomore Rosie Skovron made a strong statement during her debut at this high-end meet, placing 81st overall with a time of 23:05.0. Rounding out the scoring for Wesleyan was junior Rhoen Fiutak, who checked in at No. 84 (23:08.2).
- Freshman Emma Trapani (89th, 23:12.1) and senior Morgan Findley (110th, 23:27.5) also showcased their skills during the meet for Wesleyan. Trapani has been a huge factor for the squad this fall, as she has cracked the Cardinals' top-four on two occasions, and Findley was the unit's fifth-place finisher at the Little Three Championship.